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by Olivier Messiaen
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Catalogue d'oiseaux by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). Jocy de Oliveira-Carvalho (1936), piano. Composed between 1956 and 1958, it was first recorded by Messiaen's second wife, Yvonne Loriod (1924-2010). This Vox recording from 1972 appears to be the second complete recording. Vox departed from their usual format of three records per box set and spread this recording over four records to allow for a greater dynamic range. Transfer from the original stereo Vox Box set SVBX 5464 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Catalogue d'oiseaux, Messiaen, Carvalho, Vox
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by JS Bach
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Albert Schweitzer Plays Bach - Volume I. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), organ. Along with all of Schweitzer's contributions to humanity in the 20th century, one can add his study and performances of Bach's organ music. Schweitzer recorded both 78s and LPs for Columbia and Philips from the 30's through the 50's. This record was one of several for Columbia beginning in 1955. Recorded at the Parish Church, Gunsbach, Alsace, France. Transfer from the original Columbia mono LP ML 4600 by Bob Varney....
Topics: Bach, Schweitzer, organ
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Symphony No.5, Op.47 by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York (The New York Philharmonic). Recorded in New York City in October, 1958. Transfer from the original Everest stereo LP SDBR-3010 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Stokowski, symphony, Everest
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Quartet No. 15 in E flat minor, Op. 144 (1974) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. In six movements linked together: Elegy :   Adagio   – Serenade :   Adagio   – Intermezzo :   Adagio   – Nocturne :   Adagio   – Funeral March :   Adagio molto   – Epilogue :   Adagio Released in 1976, Shostakovich assisted in the production of this recording before his...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Scythian Suite, Op. 20 (1915) by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). The Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Désiré Defauw (1885-1960). Defauw was principal conductor for the CSO from 1943-1947. Previously, he conducted the Montreal Symphony and during the mid-50's conducted the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (Michigan). Prokofiev channels Stravinsky in this piece that was originally commissioned by Diaghilev for ballet. Diaghilev rejected it and Prokofiev arranged it as an orchestral suite....
Topics: Scythian, Prokofiev, Defauw, Chicago, 78
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 14 in F sharp minor, Op. 142 (1972-73) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1975, this was the first recording in what would become the first complete recording of all 15 quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo...
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 4 in D major, Op. 83 (1949) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1977. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP DSLO 23 by...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Ignace Jan Paderewski
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Minuet in G, Op. 14, No. 1 by Ignace Jan Paderewski (1860-1941). Performed by the composer. This is an acoustic recording. The recording date was May 23, 1917. Transfer from the original Victrola 12" single sided 78  #74533 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Paderewski, Minuet, piano, acoustic, 78
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by Richard Crooks
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Le Reve - The Dream. From the opera Manon by Jules Massenet. Richard Crooks (1900-1972), tenor. Recorded May, 11, 1933 in New York City. Transfer by Bob Varney from the original 78: Victor 8421.
Topics: Crooks, Manon, Massenet, 78
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Chamber Symphony, Op.110a by Dimitri Shostakovich. (Transcription of Shostakovich's String Quartet No.8 for chamber orchestra by Rudolf Barshai.) I Musici De Montreal conducted by Yuli Turovsky. Five movements played without interruption: Largo, Allegro molto, Allegretto, Largo, Largo. Recorded in the Church of St. Pierre Ap ôtre, Montreal in August 1984. Transfer from the original Chandos LP ABRD 1120 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Chamber Symphony, Turovsky
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by Benjamin Britten
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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op.13 by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Sviatoslav Richter, piano with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Britten. Recorded in London in 1971. Transfer from the original London stereo LP CS 6723 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Richter, Britten, Piano, Concerto
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by Georges Bizet
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Overture, Patrie by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Andre Cluytens conducting the Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Francaise. Recorded in 1954 in the Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris. Bizet composed this work in 1873 as a reflection on the Franco-Prussian War from a few years earlier. Transferred from the original Angel mono LP 35119 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Bizet, Patrie, Cluytens
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by Johann Strauss II
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Waltzes by Johann Strauss II (1825-1899). Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979) conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Fiedler conducted the Boston Pops from 1930 until 1979. This five record set was issued in 1940, but the five waltzes were recorded at various times from 1936 to 1938 and all appear to have been issued as singles. This set is unusual as the five records were made up of four 12" records and one 10". Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 78 set M-445 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Strauss, waltz, Fiedler, Pops, 78
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by Jack Fina
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Bumble Boogie by Jack Fina. Freddy Martin (1906-1983) and his Orchestra. Jack Fina (1913-1970), piano. Factoids: Freddy Martin was active in the music industry from 1930 on as a saxophonist and band leader. He was the music director for Elvis Presley's first Las Vegas appearance. Jack Fina was with Martin's band for about 10 years starting in 1938. Bumble Boogie was used in a segment of the Disney film Melody Time in 1948. Transfer from the the original RCA Victor 10" 78 20-1829-B by Bob...
Topics: Martin, Fina, Boogie, 78
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by Mozart
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Blonda's Aria from the opera Il Seraglio by Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791). Lily Pons (1898-1976), soprano with the orchestra conducted by G. Cloez. Transfer from the original Decca Personality Series 78 XXP 6925 by Bob Varney. Recorded circa 1932.
Topics: Seraglio, Mozart, Pons, 78, Opera
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Inventions, H.234 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Emil Leichner, piano. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague March 3 & 4, 1977. Transfer from the original Pro-Arte / Supraphon stereo LP PAL-1006 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Leichner, Supraphon
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Symphony No.1 in F major, Op.10 by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic. Recorded December 14, 1971 at Philharmonic Hall, New York City. Originally issued as Columbia Masterworks M-31307 in 1973. Transfer from the 1983 reissue CBS Records Masterworks Portrait stereo LP MP-38750 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Bernstein, Symphony
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by Giuseppe Verdi
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Solenne in quest'ora (Swear in this hour) by Giuseppe Verdi. From La Forza del Destino. Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957), tenor and Giuseppe De Luca (1876-1950), baritone. Recorded February 24, 1927. This is an early electrical recording. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 12" disc 8069 (A side)  by Bob Varney.
Topics: Solenne, Verdi, Gigli, De Luca, Victor, 78
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by Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker
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Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker: Carnegie Hall Concert Vol. 1. Gerry Mulligan (1927-1996) baritone saxophone and Chet Baker (1929-1988) trumpet. Other performers include: Ed Byrne, trombone; Bob James, piano & electric piano; Dave Samuels, vibraphone & percussion; John Scofield, guitar; Ron Carter, bass and Harvey Mason, drums. Recorded November 24, 1974 at Carnegie Hall, New York City. Released in 1975. The notes mention the album was also available on 8 track stereo tape. That must be...
Topics: Mulligan, Baker, jazz, saxophone, trumpet
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by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
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Newport 1958 - The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Recorded live at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Bass – Joe Benjamin , Drums – Joe Morello , Piano – Dave Brubeck , Saxophone – Paul Desmond . Transfer from the original Columbia mono LP CL 1249 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Newport, Brubeck, Desmond, Morello, Benjamin, Columbia, Jazz
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Violin Concerto No.1, Op.99 by Dimitri Shostakovich. The Philharmonic Symphony of New York (The New York Philharmonic) conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos. David Oistrakh, violin.Oistrakh gave the premier performance of this work in October, 1955 in Leningrad. Just over two months later, he made this premier recording in Carnegie Hall on January 2, 1956. Transfer from the original mono Columbia Materworks LP ML 5077 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Oistrakh, Mitropoulos, violin, concerto
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by Pearl Bailey
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The One And Only Pearl Bailey Sings. Pearl Bailey (1918-1990), vocals, with the orchestra conducted by Don Redman. Recorded in 1956. Transfer from the original Mercury mono LP MG 20187 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Bailey, Redman, Mercury
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by Leos Janacek
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Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra by Leos Janacek (1854-1928). The Caramoor Festival Orchestra, Julius Rudel, conductor, Hilde Somer, piano. Recorded in 1966. Transfer from the original Desto stereo LP DST-6427 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Concertino, Janacek, Caramoor, Rudel
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Symphony No. 4 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague from August 23 - 26, 1977. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo/quadraphonic LP 1410 2771/2 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Czech, Supraphon, Symphony
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by Modest Mussorgsky
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Pictures At An Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881). Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), piano. (Edited by Mr. Horowitz.) Recorded in Carnegie Hall, NYC on April 23, 1951, but not released until 1959. (A 1947 recording by Mr. Horowitz is also available in the Archive.) Transfer from the original RCA Red Seal mono LP LM-2357 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Mussorgsky, Horowitz, Pictures
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by Erroll Garner
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Play It Again, Erroll! Erroll Garner (1923-1977), piano. Accompanying performers are not listed. This is a two-record compilation of studio recordings by Garner issued by Columbia in 1975. Transfer from the Columbia mono set PG 33424 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Garner, piano, jazz
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by Richard Rodgers
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Victory at Sea Volume I. Music by Richard Rogers. Arranged and conducted by Robert Russell Bennett with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. This is an orchestral suite from the score for the early 50's NBC television production of the same name. Actually, Bennett contributed original music to the project beyond the 13 themes Rogers provided but Rodgers gets the composer credit nevertheless. This is the 1959 second recording of the score, which expanded to three volumes issued by RCA Victor....
Topics: Rodgers, Bennett, Layton, Victory at Sea
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by Hector Berlioz
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Symphonie Fantastique, Op.14 by Hector Berlioz (1803-1869). Charles Munch (1891-1968) conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in Boston in 1955. Transfer from the original RCA Victor Red Seal mono LP LM-1900 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Fantastique, Berlioz, Munch, Boston, RCA
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by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York (the New York Philharmonic). Recorded December 1, 1952 at the 30th St. Studios in New York City. Originally issued in 1953 as Columbia mono LP ML 4739. This transfer comes from the subsequent reissue P 14185 (Columbia Special Products). What's special (not) is that has been re-recorded to simulate stereo. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Symphony, Mitroploulos, Columbia, New York Philharmonic
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by Percy Grainger
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Grainger Plays Grainger - Percy Grainger (1882-1961), piano. Recorded in the early 1920's, when Grainger was about 40 years old, the sound quality is far beyond the acoustic recording techniques of the day. His performance was captured on an Aeolian Company "DUO-ART" reproducing piano. Unlike a basic "player piano", the DUO-ART was capable of a recording that duplicated the actual performance with all dynamics and nuances intact. This recording was made in the early 1960's...
Topics: Grainger, piano, DUO-ART
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by Jacques Offenbach
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Gaîté Parisienne. The music of Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) as orchestrated by Manuel Rosenthal (1904-2003) for ballet. Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979) conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. In the mid 1940's RCA Victor began to experiment with using vinyl for some 78 rpm issues. The records were a translucent red vinyl and were issued with premium pricing. These issues were some of the best 78 rpm records ever made. This recording went on to become the first RCA Victor 33 1/3 rpm LP issue in...
Topics: Offenbach, Rosenthal, Fiedler, Victor, 78
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by Maurice Ravel
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Maurice Ravel Plays Ravel. Maurice Ravel, piano. The fidelity of this recording derives from the Duo-Art piano recording mechanism which allowed for capture and playback of the actual performance with all its nuances. Recorded circa 1925 and played back on a Steinway Duo-Art piano for this 1966 Everest recording. Everest Stereo X-912. Transfer by Bob Varney.
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Topics: Ravel, piano, Everest, Duo-Art
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63 by Sergei Prokofiev. Itzhak Perlman, violin with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Genady Rozhdestvensky. Recorded in London in 1982. A digital recording. Transfer from the original EMI Angel LP DS-37800 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Violin, Concerto, Prokofiev, Perlman, BBC, EMI
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by Jules Massenet
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Ballet music from the 1885 opera Le Cid by Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Robert Irving (1913-1991) conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Robert Irving was a well regarded 20th century conductor of ballet music. Transfer from the original circa 1953 mono London LP LL 651 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ballet, Le Cid, Massenet, Irving, London
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by Lionel Hampton
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Lionel Hampton and His Jazz Giants 77. Lionel Hampton (vibes, drums and vocals), Cat Anderson (trumpet), Eddie Chamblee (tenor and alto sax), Paul Moen (tenor sax), Milt Buckner (organ), Billy Mackel (guitar), Barry Smith (bass), Frankie Dunlap (drums - except cuts 1 and 4). Recorded in Toulouse, France at the Condorcet Studio May 15, 1977. Transfer from the original Classic Jazz stereo LP 136 (Black and Blue 33107 for France) by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Hampton, jazz
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by Erroll Garner
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Gone Garner Gonest - Erroll Garner (1923-1977), piano with bass and drums. A collection of studio recordings by this underappreciated pianist. Transfer from the original mono Columbia LP CL 617.
Topics: Garner, piano, jazz
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Symphony No. 2 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague from January 9 - 14, 1976. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo/quadraphonic LP 1410 2096 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Martinu, Symphony, Neumann
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by Freddie Slack
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Here You Are by Robin and Rainger. Freddie Slack (1910-1965) and His Orchestra. David Street (1917-1971) vocals. Recorded May 21, 1942. Transfer from the original Capitol 10" 78 number 102 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Here You Are, Slack, Street, 78
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), commonly known as the Classical Symphony. Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) conducting the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. This Columbia Masterworks set was released in 1940. Transfer from the original Columbia 78 set X-166 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Prokofiev, Mitroploulos, Minneapolis, Columbia, 78
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by Sir Edward Elgar
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Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op.47 and Serenade for Strings in E Minor, Op.20 by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934). The Solo Quartet: Rodney Friend and John Willison, violins; John Chambers, viola; Alexander Cameron, cello. (This is the B side of Paul Tortelier's recording of Elgar's cello concerto.) The serenade is in three movements: Allegro piacevole, Larghetto, and Allegretto. Transfer from the original Angel stereo LP S-37029 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Solo, Quarrtet, Strings, Elgar, Angel
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by Giacomo Puccini
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Ah Mimi, tu piu (Ah Mimi, false one) from Act IV of La Boheme by Puccini. Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957), tenor and Giuseppe De Luca (1876-1950), baritone. Recorded February 24, 1927. This is an early electrical recording. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 12" disc 8069 (B side)  by Bob Varney.
Topics: Gigli, De Luca, Boheme, Puccini, Victor, 78, Piu
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by Benjamin Britten
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The Prodigal Son. Music by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) and libretto by William Plomer (1903-1973). Vocals by Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, Bryan Drake and Robert Tear. This was the third of three Church Parables by Britten. That is, scaled down operas designed for performance in a church setting. Recorded in the UK in May 1969. Transfer from the original London stereo LP OSA 1164 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Britten, Plomer, Prodigal, opera
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by Johannes Brahms
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Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), violin and Gregor Piatigosrky (1903-1976), cello. The RCA Victor Orchestra conducted by Alfred Wallenstein (1898-1983). Recorded May 19-20, 1960 in Hollywood, California.. Transfer from the original RCA Victor Living Stereo (Soria Series) LP LDS-2513 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Brahms, violin, cello, Heifetz, Piatigorsky, Wallenstein
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Symphony No. 3 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague from October 14 - 18, 1977. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo/quadraphonic LP 1410 2771/2 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Symphony, Supraphon
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Symphony No. 6 (Fantaisies Symphoniques) by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague from January 9 - 14, 1976. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo/quadraphonic LP 1410 2096 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Supraphon, Czech
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by Jean Sibelius
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Kullervo, Op. 7 by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paavo Berglund (1929-2012). The Helsinki University Men's Choir led by chorus master Ensti Pohjola. Solo parts by Raili Kostia, mezzo-soprano and Usko Viitanen, baritone. Recorded at the Southampton Guildhall, Southampton, United Kingdom in 1971. This was the premier recording of this work, which went nearly 70 years without a complete performance. Transfer from the original Angel stereo LP SB-3778 by...
Topics: Kullervo, Sibelius, Bournemouth, Berglund
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by Niccolo Paganini
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Grand Sonata for Guitar and Violin in A major, Op. 35 by Niccolo Paganini (1782 - 1840). Marga Bauml, guitar and Walter Klasinc, violin. Paganini was as talented on the guitar as he was on the violin. He left us more than 150 compositions involving the guitar. When he performed this work, he was on guitar and the violin was relegated to someone else. Recorded in Germany in 1963 (?). Transfer from the MACE Records stereo LP SM 9025 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Paganini, guitar, violin, Bauml, Klasinc
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by Niccolo Paganini
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Sonata Concertata for Guitar and Violin, Op. 61 by Niccolo Paganini (1782 - 1840). Marga Bauml, guitar and Walter Klasinc, violin. Paganini was as talented on the guitar as he was on the violin. He left us more than 150 compositions involving the guitar. Recorded in Germany in 1963 (?). Transfer from the MACE Records stereo LP SM 9025 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Paganini, Guitar, Violin, Bauml, Klasinc
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by Erroll Garner
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Best of Garner. Erroll Garner, piano. A compilation disc of works by this fine jazz pianist. No information is given on when and where these tracks were recorded. Issued in 1963. A little note if you are a Michigan native: a tiny tag in the upper corner on the back of the record jacket indicates that it was purchased at the Hudson's store in downtown Detroit. Transfer from the original mono Mercury LP MG 20803 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Garner, piano, jazz, Mercury
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by Bela Bartok
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Violin Concerto No. 2 by Bela Bartok (1881-1945). Isaac Stern (1920-2001), violin with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). Recorded on January 26th, 1958 at Columbia's 30th St. Studio in New York City. Transfer from the original Columbia Masterworks stereo LP MS 6002 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Bartok, violin, Stern, Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Columbia
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by Niccolo Paganini
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The 24 Caprices, Op. 1 by Niccolo Paganini (1782 - 1840). Itzhak Perlman (1945 - ), violin. This was recorded from a single LP which clocked in at 1:12:12. Unusually long for an LP but it's far from the longest. A French label (Trimicron) once issued all six Brandenburg Concertos on a single LP playing for 1:54:45. You can look it up. Transfer from the original 1972 Angel stereo LP S-36860 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Paganini, Perlman, violin
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by Mily Balakirev
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Symphony No.1 in C Major by Mily Balakirev (1837-1910). Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded in London in 1957, This appears to be the first LP recording of this work. Transfer from the original Angel LP 35399 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Balakirev, Beecham, Royal Philharmonic, Symphony, Angel
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by Joseph Haydn
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Symphony No.101 in D major, "The Clock" by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Howard Barlow (1892-1972) conducting the Columbia Broadcasting Symphony. Recorded in New York City on July 8, 1940. Transfer from the original Columbia 78 set M-459 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Haydn, Symphony, Clock, Barlow, Columbia, 78
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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String Quartet No. 5 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Janacek Quartet: Jiri Travnicek, Adolf Sykora, Jiri Kratochvil, Karel Krafka. Recorded in Prague circa 1962. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo LP 50424 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Martinu, Quartet, Janacek
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (1960) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. In five interconnected movements: Largo Allegro molto Allegretto Largo Largo Released in 1976, Shostakovich assisted in the production of this recording before his death in 1975. The Fitzwilliams went on to provide the first complete recording of all 15 quartets. The recording project won...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, Quartet, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Ignace Paderewski
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Golden Anniversary Album. Ignace Paderewski, piano. Issued to mark the 50th anniversary of Paderewski's first Carnegie Hall concert (November 17, 1891), it also coincided with his death in June, 1941. Apparently, Victor sent the five record set out to stores with only four records; the buyer could make the fifth record their choice from other Paderewski recordings. In my set, the wild card record was the Beethoven/Paderewski. Probably  a common choice as it was a best seller for him. The dates...
Topics: Paderewski, piano, anniversary, Carnegie, 78
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by Nathaniel Shilkret
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Two Fox Trots. The International Novelty Orchestra conducted by Nat Shilkret. This orchestra was an in-house band for Victor and churned out many recordings in the 20's and 30's. This is an acoustic recording made just as Victor was about to change over to the new Westrix electrical recording system. Probably among the last recordings of the acoustic era. Recorded October 14 and 24th, 1924 in New York City. Transfer from the original Victor 12" 78 35748-B by Bob Varney. 
Topics: International Noveltry Orchestra, Shilkret, Fox Trot, 78, acoustic
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by Tchaikovsky
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Sleeping Beauty Ballet (Orchestral Suite) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Leopold Stokowski conducting his Symphony Orchestra. Recorded December 11-14, 1947 at the Manhattan Center in New York City. Transfer from the original six-record RCA Victor Red Seal 78 set DM 1205 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty, Ballet, Stokowski, 78
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by Marian Anderson
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A collection of recordings by Marian Anderson (1897-1993). Piano accompanist on tracks 1-9 is Kosti Vehanen (1887-1957). These recordings come from a collection of 10" 78s found at a local record store. They were not issued as a set; they represented someone's personal taste for this amazing artist. Mr. Vehanen was a Finnish pianist who not only recorded with Ms. Anderson, but performed with her in concerts. Note that there are four languages represented here: English, Finnish, German and...
Topics: Marion Anderson, Vehanen, spirituals, 78s
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by Hadda Brooks
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Humoresque Boogie by Hadda Brooks (1916-2002). The Hadda Brooks Trio. Recorded in 1946. Ms. Brooks was a pianist, vocalist and composer. Active from around 1940 until 2000, she made many recordings and appeared in films with Humphrey Bogart and Kirk Douglas. Transfer from the original Modern Music 10" 78 147A by Bob Varney.
Topics: Boogie, Humoresque, Brooks, Hadda, Modern Music, 78
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by Charles Ives
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Ives Plays Ives. Record four from the five record set "Charles Ives the 100th Anniversary" issued by Columbia Masterworks in 1974. These solo piano recordings were made in London and New York City in 1933, 1938 and 1943. The quality of the recordings varies considerably. Some of these pieces were being recorded (and issued here) for the first time. Transfer from the Columbia Masterworks stereo set M4 32504 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ives, piano, Columbia
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Cello Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, Op.107 by Dimitri Shostakovich. Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Mason Jones, solo horn. Recorded November 8, 1959 at the Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia. This is the second recording of the concerto, the first (also by Rostropovich) having been made only a month before in Moscow. Transfer from the CBS Records Masterworks Portrait LP MP 38750 by Bob Varney. (Originally released as MS 6124.)
Topics: Shostakovich, Rostropovich, Ormandy, Philadelphia, Cello
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by Claude Debussy
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Children's Corner Suite (abridged) by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Stadium Symphony of New York (the New York Philharmonic). Recorded in New York City in 1959 using Everest Records' technique of using 35 mm film stock as a recording medium. There are only three of the six movements here as I believe this was filler for what is a mostly Prokofiev album. Debussy doesn't even get a credit on the album cover. Included are: Jumbo's Lullaby, Little Shepard,...
Topics: Debussy, Stokowski, Everest
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by Cesar Franck
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Panis Angelicus (Bread of Angels) by Cesar Franck (1822-1890). This work comes from the opening section of the hymn Sacris Solemniis by Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). Franck set the words for tenor voice, harp, cello and organ. In this performance, Leopold Stokowski conducts his own transcription for orchestra as performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded December 30, 1935 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal set DM-300 by Bob Varney....
Topics: Panis Angelicus, Aquinas, Franck, Stokowski, Philadelphia, 78
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122 (1966) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1978. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP DSLO 28 by...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, Quartet, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Constant Lambert
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Les Patineurs (The Skaters) - Ballet by Constant Lambert (1905-1951). Robert Irving (1913-1991) conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Lambert adapted and arranged extracts from two operas by Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) for this ballet score: L'Etoile du Nord and Le Prophete. Recorded in London circa 1953. Transfer from the original London mono LP LL 651 by Bob Varney.
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Topics: Lambert, Irving, Patineurs, Meyerbeer, ballet
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by Cesar Franck
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Symphony in D minor by C ésar Franck (1822-1890). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded December 30, 1935 and January 15, 1936 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Stoky recorded this symphony once before in 1927, but wanted another go at it because of the advances in electric recording technology. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 6-record 78 set DM-300 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Franck, Stokowski, symphony, 78, Philadelphia
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by Lionel Hampton
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Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra 1948. Lionel Hampton with his big band including Fats Navarro, Benny Bailey, Charlie Mingus, Milt Buckner, Teddy Buckner, Johnny Board, Wes Montgomery, Leo "The Whistler" Shepard, Johnny Sparrow and others. Recorded at various venues across the US in 1948. The audio quality is generally not very good as the Alamac Record Company pulled these tracks from a variety of sources, including air checks and bootlegged recordings. Shady origins or not, it's...
Topics: Lionel Hampton, Navarro, Bailey, Mingus, Buckner, Montgomery, Shepard, Sparrow, Jazz
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by Aaron Copland
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Dance Symphony by Aaron Copland (1900-1990). The composer conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, Recorded in London in 1969 and part of Columbia's "Copland Conducts Copland" series of recordings. Three movements: (1) Introduction: lento; molto allegro, (2) Andante moderato, (3) Allegro vivo. Transfer from the original Columbia stereo LP MS 7223 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Copland, Dance, Symphony, LSO
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by Meyer and Bryan
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Row, Row, Rosie by Meyer and Bryan. The Manhattan Dance Makers with vocals by Arthur Fields (1884-1953). Mr. Fields made the 1919 recording that popularized Irving Berlin's "Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning". Recorded in New York City on August 6, 1925. This is an acoustic recording. Transfer from the original Harmony 10" 78 # 140815 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Row Row Rosie, Meyer, Bryan, Dance Makers, Fields, Harmony, 78
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by Maurice Ravel
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Bolero by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951) conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This recording was made in 1930 and was one of the first four recordings of this work; all made in that year. The original issue was RCA Victor's two-record set M-352. This transfer comes from the 1947 reissue DM-352. (The side four filler was the same for both: Gymnopedie No.1 by Satie/Debussy.) Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ravel, Bolero, Koussevitzky, BSO, 78
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by Franz Schubert
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Symphony No. 8 - Unfinished by Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828). Bruno Walter (1876 - 1962) conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded March 2, 1947 in the Academy of Music, Philadelphia. Transfer from the original Columbia Masterworks 78 set MM-699 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Schubert, symphony, unfinished. Walter, Philadelphia, 78
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by Bela Bartok
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String Quartet No. Six by Bela Bartok. The Tatrai String Quartet: Vilmos Tatrai, first violin, Mihaly Szucs, second violin, Jozsef Ivanyi, viola, Ede Banda, violincello. Recorded in 1967. Transfer from the Dover stereo LP HCR-ST-7274 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Bartok, Tatrai, Quartet
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by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
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Paderewski Plays Chopin. Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), piano. Recorded in the early 1920's, when Paderewski was about 60 years old, the sound quality is far beyond the acoustic recording techniques of the day. His performance was captured on an Aeolian Company "DUO-ART" reproducing piano. Unlike a basic "player piano", the DUO-ART was capable of a recording that duplicated the actual performance with all dynamics and nuances intact. This recording was made in the early...
Topics: Paderewski, piano, DUO-ART
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by Paul Robeson
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A Paul Robeson Collection. Paul Robeson (1898-1976). These songs are taken from six Victor 10" 78s. The recordings date from 1935-1941. Tracks 1-4 come from Porgy and Bess. Hearing Summertime sung by a bass baritone puts a different spin on it. Transfers from the original 78s by Bob Varney. The photo of Mr. Robeson was taken by the famous photographer Yousuf Karsh in 1941. Tracks 1 & 2: Victor 26359 issued in November 1939. Tracks 3 & 4: Victor 26358 issued in November 1939. Tracks...
Topics: Robeson, 78
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by Charles Ives
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Second Orchestral Set by Charles Ives (1874-1954). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (Chorus Master: Arthur Oldham). Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London on June 22-23, 1970. Transfer from the London "Phase 4 Stereo Concert Series" LP SPC 21060 by Bob Varney. The three movements are titled as follows: 1. An Elegy to Our Forefathers 2. The Rockstrewn Hills Join In the People's Outdoor Meeting 3. From Hanover Square North at the End of a...
Topics: Ives, Orchestral Set, London
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by Niccolo Paganini
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Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7 by Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840). The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Anatole Fistoulari (1907-1995). Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), violin. Recorded May 21 & 22, 1955 at studio #1 Abbey Road, London. Transfer from the original RCA Victor (HMV) mono LP LHMV-1015 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Paganini, Menuhin, Fistoulari, violin
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 by Sergei Prokofiev. Itzhak Perlman, violin with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Genady Rozhdestvensky. Recorded in London in 1982. A digital recording. Transfer from the original EMI Angel LP DS-37800 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Violin, Concerto, Prokofiev, Perlman, Rozhdestvensky
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by Roy Harris
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Symphony No. 7 by Roy Harris (1898-1979). The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Recorded October 22, 1955. Transfer from the original mono Columbia LP ML 5095 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Symphony, Harris, Ormandy, Philadelphia
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by Aram Kachaturian
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Symphony No. 3 (Symphony - Poem) by Aram Kachaturian (1903-1978). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Chicago Symphony. Released in 1969. By then, Stokowski had been making recordings for 52 years. Transfer from the RCA stereo LP LSC-3067 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Kachaturian, symphony, Stokowski, RCA
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by Charles Ives
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Symphony No. 4 by Charles Ives (1874-1954). The American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977). Associate conductors: David Katz and Jose Serebrier. Members of the Schola Cantorum of New York, Hugh Ross, director. Ives composed this work in 1916, around the time Stokowski made his first acoustic recordings. Fifty years later, Stokowski conducted the premier performance of the symphony in 1965 and followed with this premier recording the same year. Transfer from the...
Topics: Ives, Stokowski, Symphony, Columbia
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by George Olsen and His Music
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Fox Trots. George Olsen (1893-1971) and His Music. Olsen and his band recorded numerous times for Victor from 1924 until 1934 when he moved on to another label. Trivia: Olsen was a drum major in college at the University of Michigan. Also, a singer-saxophonist named Fred MacMurray was with the band in 1930. We know him better now for his film/TV career. This is an acoustic recording made at the time Victor was already switching over to the Westrix electrical recording system. Recorded October...
Topics: Olsen, Fox Trot, Victor, 78, acoustic
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by Hadda Brooks
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That's My Desire by Loveday & Kresa. Vocal by Hadda Brooks (1916-2002) with the Hadda Brooks Trio. Recorded in 1946. Ms. Brooks was a pianist, vocalist and composer. Active from around 1940 until 2000, she made many recordings and appeared in films with Humphrey Bogart and Kirk Douglas. Transfer from the original Modern Music 10" 78 147B by Bob Varney.
Topics: Brooks, Desire, Hadda, 78
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by Antonin Dvorak
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Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104 by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Janos Starker (1924-2013), cello with Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Walter Susskind. Recorded in London in 1956. Transferred from the original Angel stereo LP S 35417 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Cello, Concerto, Dvorak, Starker, Philharmonia, Susskind
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by Bach - Mendelssohn
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Schweitzer Plays Bach & Mendelssohn. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), organ. This great humanitarian of the 20th century was also a gifted  Bach scholar and organist. From the 30's through the 50's, he recorded for Columbia and Phillips. This record (one of several in a series) dates from 1955 and was recorded at the Parish Church in Gunsbach, Alsace, France. Transfer from the original mono Columbia LP ML 4602 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Bach, Mendelssohn, Schweitzer, Columbia, organ
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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String Quartet No. 3 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Panocha Quartet: Jiri Panocha, violin; Pavel Zejfart, violin; Miroslav Sehnoutka, viola; Jaroslav Kulhan, cello. Recorded at the House of Artists, Prague, Czechoslovakia November 26 & 27, 1982. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo LP 1111 3309 G by Bob Varney.
Topics: String, Quartet, Martinu, Panocha
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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String Quartet No. 2 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Panocha Quartet: Jiri Panocha, violin; Pavel Zejfart, violin; Miroslav Sehnoutka, viola; Jaroslav Kulhan, cello. Recorded at the House of Artists, Prague, Czechoslovakia November 26 & 27, 1982. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo LP 1111 3309 G by Bob Varney.
Topics: String, Quartet, Martinu, Panocha
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 138 (1970) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1975, this was the first recording in what would become the first complete recording of all 15 quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 92 (1952) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. In three movements played continuously: Allegro non troppo - Andante - Moderato.  Released in 1978. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Piano trio No. 3 in C major by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). Performed by the Foerster Trio: Ales Bilek, piano; Frantisek Pospisil, violin; Vaclav Jirovec, cello. Recorded at the Supraphon Studios in Prague in 1965. Transfer from the Supraphon mono LP SUA 10698 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Trio, Martinu, Foerster, Supraphon
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by Dorsey Brothers
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Their Shining Hour. The Dorsey Brothers' Orchestra. Tommy Dorsey (1905-1956) and Jimmy Dorsey (1904-1957). This studio recording was the last one the band made before the 1935 breakup. A partial list of band members includes George Throw, Roc Hillman, Don Matteson, Bobby Van Epps and Glenn Miller. Vocalists were Kay Weber and Bob Crosby. Miller composed track 10, Dese, Dem and Dose. Transfer from the original 1957 Design Records Collectors Series mono LP DLP 20 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Jazz, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Bob Crosby, Glenn Miller
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by Benjamin Britten
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Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a and Passacaglia, Op.33a (both from the opera Peter Grimes) by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). The interludes are named: Dawn - Sunday Morning - Moonlight - Storm. André Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in London in 1976 in stereo/quadraphonic. Transferred from the original Angel LP S-37142 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Interludes, Grimes, Passacaglia, Britten, Previn, Angel, quadraphonic
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by Lena Horne
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Lena Horne Sings. Lena Horne (1917-2010), vocals. Issued in 1951 by MGM, this recording was released as a four record 10" 78 set, a 10" LP and a set of 45s. Transfer from the original 10" 78 set MGM 72 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Horne, MGM, 78
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by Georges Bizet
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Carmen by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Excerpts performed by the Metropolitan Opera and Chorus conducted by Georges S ébastian (1903-1989). Carmen - Ris ë Stevens (1913-2013), Don Jos é - Raoul Jobin (1906-1974), Mica ëla - Nadine Conner (1907-2003), Escamillo - Robert Weede (1903-1972). Recorded December 31, 1945 and January 14 & 15, 1946. Transfer from the original 5-record Columbia 78 rpm set MM-607 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Carmen, Bizet, Stevens, Sébastian, Jobin, Conner, Weede, Columbia, Opera, 78
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Cinderella Ballet Suite by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Stadium Symphony of New York (the New York Philharmonic). Movements: 1) Fairy of Spring and Fairy of Summer 2) Cinderella Goes to the Ball 3) Cinderella at the Castle 4) Cinderella and the Prince 5) Cinderella's Waltz-Midnight 6) Apotheosis - Finale Recorded in New York City in 1959 using Everest Records' technique of using 35 mm film stock as a recording medium. Transfer from the original...
Topics: Prokofiev, Cinderella, Stokowski, Everest
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by George Gershwin
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Highlights from Porgy and Bess. George Gershwin. Lawrence Tibbett (Porgy), Helen Jepson (Bess) with Alexander Smallens and Nathaniel Shilkret conducting the orchestra and chorus from the original Broadway production. This was the premier recording of music from Porgy and Bess and was recorded in October, 1935, just days after the New York City premier. Note that Tibbett and Jepson were white. For recordings with original cast members, see Decca's records from the early '40s or Columbia's...
Topics: Gershwin, Porgy, Bess, Tibbett, Jepson, Smallens, Shilkret, 78, opera
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by Verdi - von Weber
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Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) Conducts: Invitation to the Dance by Carl Maria von Weber and Overture to La Forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi. Recorded circa 1954, probably in Carnegie Hall in NYC. Issued on a single 7" red vinyl "45 Extended Play" by RCA Victor. In the 50's, record companies issued music in many genres on 45s. A 7" 45 can hold up to 10 minutes of music on a single side. Transfer from the original RCA 45 rpm single ERA-125 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Toscanini, Verdi, von Weber, RCA, 45
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by Roy Harris
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Symphony 1933 by Roy Harris (1898-1979). The Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Serge Koussevitsky. Recorded circa 1955. Mr. Koussevitsky conducted the premier performance of this work in 1934. Also, this was the first American symphony to be commercially recorded. Transfer from the original mono Columbia LP ML 5095 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Harris, Koussevitsky, symphony, 1933
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 6 in G major, Op. 107 (1956) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1978. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP DSLO 29 by...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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The Ugly Duckling, Op.18 by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). Regina Resnik, soprano with Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Stadium Symphony of New York (the New York Philharmonic). Recorded in New York City in 1959 using Everest Records' technique of using 35 mm film stock as a recording medium. Transfer from the original Everest Records stereo LP 3108 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Prokofiev, Stokowski, Everest, Resnik